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We have been blown away by the support from our community and visitors to the Peninsula in the first few days of the 2022 St Duthac Book & Arts Festival.

With no less than fifteen events complete already we have a mere eighteen to go and that does not include the free pop-up author events taking place in the Pop-Up Bookshop in the Clan Ross Room, Royal Hotel, Tain.

We kicked off on Wednesday with the grand opening of the Pop-Up Bookshop by Duncan MacGilvray and a book launch - from our very own Mark Janes - in the Pop-Up bookshop which is also home for one week for local artists Archie MacArthur, Sigrid Shone, Sheenagh Harrison, Michael Gallacher (Twistyfoldy) and Fiona Black and Tain Museum.

On Thursday we were blessed with lovely weather for Roving Poet - Hamish MacDonald - who delighted audiences - in this free event around Tain - including the Gaelic nursery and Tain Royal Academy students. It was a day of tales and legends with Jason Ubych and Gizzen Briggs in the Masonic Lodge and our very own chairperson Catherine Williams told some tales at the Tarbat Tales event.

Cathel and Inge (author and illustrator of Bite & MacKay Go To Sea) got interactive with their young audience in the Pop-Up shop and to end the day Jess Smith delighted her audience with stories, song and poetry in the Mansfield Castle Hotel and on-line with her captivating event.

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